Child Safety Seat Ease of Use Ratings


Are All Seats Safe?
All car seats rated by NHTSA meet Federal Safety Standards & strict crash performance standards. While all rated seats are safe, they do differ in their ease of use in four basic catagories:


Evaluation of Instructions

Vehicle Installation Features

Evaluation of Labels

Securing the Child


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Safety 1st Vantage (B)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameSafety 1st Vantage
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date22564-ARQ  /  Nov 12, 2012
Harness TypeHighback
Weight  /  Height40lb - 100lb / 43" - 52"
Evaluation of Labels 3 stars
Additional sizing information is not illustrated and given in text only on the labels.  The belt routing path is only labeled on one side.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
The manual cannot be accessed while the restraint is installed in this mode. The instruction manual storage may be difficult to find.  No full picture exists of a properly restrained child in the restraint in the owner's manual.  Additional sizing information is given in text only in the manual. The warning that the safest place for children is the rear seat is contained in a bulleted list and is not separated from other warnings.
Securing the Child 1 stars
There are no pictures on the labels to describe how to convert this restraint to this mode of use.  The harness may need to be completely removed from the restraint to convert to this mode of use from another mode.  Hand tools may be required to disassemble the restraint for cleaning. While disassembling for cleaning, mandatory pieces may become loose and could be misplaced.
Installation Features 5 stars
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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